SVQ Regulatory Services SCQF level 7

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) recognise competence in job-related skills and are based on National Occupational Standards.

The SVQ Regulatory Services at SCQF level 7 is aimed at those working in the regulatory services sector, which includes:

The SVQ covers areas such as contributing to the effectiveness of investigation teams, providing enforcement information and advice, ensuring that health and safety requirements have been met, liaising with other services along with more specialist options appropriate to the specific regulatory service.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Skills for Justice sector skills council to ensure relevance to the sector.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification that guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully. Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace. This minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

The SVQ creates opportunities for progression within the regulatory services profession.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification suits individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which will allow them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in the subject would be an advantage.

Age restriction

This qualification is typically available to learners aged 18 years and over.


The SCQF level 7 award could provide progression to employment within the regulatory services profession.


Centres interested in offering this qualification must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

How to assess

For general information, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the assessment strategy.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GV3J 23

The SVQ Regulatory Services at SCQF level 7 consists of 5 mandatory units and 3 optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure (98 KB).

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 7 Modern Apprenticeship in Regulatory Services.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship.

Unit title SCQF level 5 SCQF level 6
Core Skills: Communication F427 04 F428 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42B 04 F42C 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42F 04 F42G 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K 04 F42L 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P 04 F42R 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio